good reads : Mollie Makes Crochet + a giveaway!

Hello my lovelies! I'm running a wee bit a lot late with today's post but hopefully it will be worth the wait since it's the first of two lovely giveaway's this week!? Was that a 'Yes' I heard you murmur!? Okay then, let's get on with it shall we!?

good reads : Mollie Makes Crochet, including 11 exclusive new designs by Emma Lamb

I am sure many of you will have already have seen Mollie Makes Crochet since it has been out for a few weeks now. I didn't get to talk about it sooner thanks to all the nonsense that's been going on in my little world but I'm a firm believer in the old adage 'better late than never'! And of course it can never be too late to share my excitement about this being the very first book to feature some of my crochet designs. Eep! Yes, an actual book! It's such a thrill to be able to flick through it's pretty pages and see my creations immortalised for all to see, for years to come!


The designs I contributed include a vintage inspired doily, two retro modern potholders, an updated doily and coaster set and a bouquet of seven different flower motifs...

good reads : Mollie Makes Crochet, including 11 exclusive new designs by Emma Lamb

It's safe to say that any review I give of this book will be totally biased because, you know, I'm in it alongside a whole bunch of fellow crocheters that I admire greatly - Pip Lincolne (Meet at Mikes), Beata Basik (Rosehip), Ilaria Chiaratti (IDA Interior Lifestyle), Anita Mundt (A Creative Dimension) and Cara Medus! So with that in mind I'll try to keep my review a little more factual...

First of all this is a book aimed squarely at beginners. The patterns make up the first half of the book and are simple enough for newbies to learn the basics via a few sweet designs. Alongside my doily, potholder and flower contributions there are place mats, blankets, gadget covers, pillows, edgings and amigurumi style Russian dolls. They cover a wide range of techniques including working in the round, basic hexagons and squares, joining motifs, puff and popcorn stitches, increasing and decreasing, simple lace work, the aforementioned amigurumi and more. While the second half of the book is dedicated entirely to explaining these techniques as well as lots of other crochet basics. It's fairly in depth with plenty of clear illustrations and photos of the projects side by side so it is easy to compare the two.

good reads : Mollie Makes Crochet, including 11 exclusive new designs by Emma Lamb

As for the look and feel of the book, it's a hardcover with spiral bound pages inside which I'm not overly fond of. I think this makes it feel like a manual instead of a lovely craft book and in my mind doesn't really fit with Mollies Makes overall informal and pretty style. That aside, Rachel Whiting's photography throughout the book is really, really pretty! She has totally captured the playful feel of the colourful projects which are beautifully presented. The styling is very much Scandi inspired with lots of painted white backdrops to really make the colours pop and tons of vintage props to compliment crochets retro heritage. Think granny chic at it's prettiest!

That was okay, not too gushy right!?

Right then let's talk 'giveaway'! I have a spare copy of Mollie Makes Crochet just floating around my studio and I would very much like to send it off to a new home where it will be able to work it's magic and teach someone a few new tricks! So if you, or someone you know, are longing to learn to crochet and would like an early Christmas present, here's how you could get one...

First share the below picture via Pinterest, Facebook or the like with a link to this blog post, then come back here with a link to your 'share' and tell me why you want this book. Simple!

Edited to add: For folks not sure how to link to their 'share' page - all you need to do is copy the URL (the web address starting 'http' or 'www') for the page you shared my picture on and paste it into a comment on this blog post. I hope that makes sense for everyone?

Giveaway time! Mollie Makes Crochet, including 11 exclusive new designs by Emma Lamb

This giveaway is open worldwide and I shall randomly choose a winner in one weeks time. Good luck everyone!

Oh, but if you can't wait to get your hands on a copy you can find it in my Amazon store here.

Emma, x

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56 comments

  1. Hi! Just stumbled onto your lovely blog via Pinterest. I posted your giveaway to my Pinterest--Sue DeMasellis---stitching-crochet. I learned to crochet from my mother many years ago. I love your beautiful colors of thread and modern twist on traditional crochet. Hope you pick me!

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  2. Ohh i just shared the page on my Ivys Attic page on FB https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ivys-Attic/126592304936 and also on my Craft Share page on Pintrest and i think from my comment on your fb post you can see why i would love to win it, lovely book to own :)

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  3. Hello! Please include me in the draw. Thanks

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  4. Hi I have pinned and shared on Facebook, I cannot work out how to show you the link, which sounds like my crochet skills, I am very much a novice! This gorgeous book would help me get to the next level ! Thanks for the opportunity, Iona x

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    1. Thank you Iona!
      All you need to do is copy the URL (web address) for one of the pages you shared it on and paste it into a comment here. I hope that helps?
      x

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  5. I've been a fan for a long time! (Well, long enough.) As an avid crocheter, I've enjoyed your blog because of the colorfulness of your work and your colorful point of view. This lovely book appears to share your philosophy of color, so I feel certain it is crammed with new ideas and new techniques for this avid crocheter to conquer! So, please! Pick me! Pick me!

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    1. And, I shared it on my "handmade" pinboard on Pinterest as well as on my Google+!

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    2. Congratulations Constance, you are a winner!
      I shall be in touch shortly... xx

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  6. One more thing! I LOVE your Pinterest boards! You speak to my heart!

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  7. I shared onmy facebook and on Pinterest, (I am not sure how to link that back ... ) BUT I would love this book for my little girl for an extra Christmas Present, she loves to learn new skills and has taken quite a shine to crochet ... this book would show her the basics and help her to create things all by herself, the style is young and fresh and I think she would LOVE it ..... thank you ....

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  8. http://www.pinterest.com/Ivysattic2009/craft-share/ here's my Pintrest share :)

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  9. Hello Emma!
    Here is a link to my Facebook where I posted your blog post!
    https://www.facebook.com/wblanche
    I also posted it to my Pinterest!
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/123778689732460259/

    I hope these links work. I'm not the most computer savvy.

    I would love to win this book! I've been crocheting for about a year. My grandmother taught my mother who taught me. I love finishing new projects and giving them away to friends and family! I would love to win this book because I have discovered a deep love for crochet and found a family talent that has been passed down. I have a couple crochet books but none that have so many beautiful projects that I want to do like the Mollie Makes Crochet book. Plus I love your designs and would be honored to be able to make one of your projects. I've been focusing mostly on amigurumi but I would like to branch out and try my hand at some new things.
    Here is my Ravelry account if you'd like to check out some of my past projects!
    http://www.ravelry.com/projects/whitneyblanche

    Thank you very much for the opportunity and all the fantastic blog posts to inspire me throughout the day.

    Whitney Blanche

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  10. Shared on my fb here - https://www.facebook.com/DaisiesforViolet?ref=hl

    I've been coveting a copy of this since before it was published. There are so many great patterns and ideas.

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  11. I shared on my fb page https://www.facebook.com/ilaria.masiero.96...I'd love to win this book beacause I just love your work!

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  12. Hello, i have pinned your post on my pinterest page http://www.pinterest.com/pin/487373990896270116/. i would really love to win your book, i am totally and utterly addicted to crochet and willing to learn new things about this beautiful art. your work is absolutely gorgeous with vibrant colors and unique pattern. i hope you will pick me...warm hugs from sunny Greece

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  13. I asked my library to order a copy in the other day, but hadn't realized they were your designs. The library doesn't have its copy yet, so I might just pop out and buy one. [sorry that i haven't shared, but I wanted to leave an actual positive comment of support among the giveaway entries]

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    1. Thank you Amy! I'm thrilled you love it enough to consider going out to buy it right away :) xx

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  14. https://www.facebook.com/ligia.seabra.98/posts/1442052209350846 Hello, I'd like to win this book, because I'm a fan and so into crochet, and so into learning more. :)

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  15. I'd love to win this book!
    Thanks for the opportunity and have a great holiday season!

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  16. Awe lovely, please pop my name in the hat Emma, there's always something new to learn!! I've tweeted about it here...https://twitter.com/rabbit_designs. :)
    V x

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  17. Hi Emma, I've put a link on the side of my blog. http://onepaisleyapple.blogspot.co.nz/ I'd love to win, wold be a great pressie for myself and I'd like to learn some more crochet

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  18. Hi Emma, this book looks amazing! I've posted the link on my Facebook page. I'd love to win this book for my sister, she's just had her first baby and I'd like her to learn how to crochet to make things for her new baby girl. I live too far away to teach her myself, so think little book will definitely help!
    https://www.facebook.com/corrie.ej.taylor/posts/10152026048121893

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  19. I pinned the giveaway here: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/140315344614213381/
    I would love to have a copy of this! The bright, cheerful look of the styling is really gorgeous and I'm trying to reteach myself how to crochet and knit so a beginners book would be excellent. Thanks for the chance!

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  20. Oh, thank you for the opportunity to win. I would love to win this book!!! I love to crochet. I even organized a workshop at home last weekend with a friend of mine, where we tought how to make crochet christmas stars :) Just in case you are curious: http://www.silvialagataconbotas.blogspot.de/2013/12/munich-makes-el-club-diy-en-munich.html
    I love crocheting, your blog, and mollie makes, which makes my a good candidate to win the book ;)
    I shared it via pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/64457838390419628/

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  21. https://www.facebook.com/alexandramackenzienz

    Hi Emma - Have loved your crochet for the longest time now.
    Why would i love the Mollie Makes Crochet book, would be quicker to tell you why not!!!!
    What a great collection of crochet artists - it would be an honour to own

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  22. hi again, i have added it to my crocheting pinterest board here:
    http://www.pinterest.com/andreacreates/crocheting/

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  23. i would love to add this book to my crochet book collection~ the projects looks great : )

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  24. https://www.facebook.com/sarahcles.chirnside - I want this because there are so many awesome things in there that I must make now now now, but can't afford to buy this close to Christmas!

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  25. I shared on pinterest! http://www.pinterest.com/pin/184014334748331496/

    I've been dying to get my hands on a mollie makes book for a while now. this would make me so happy!

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  26. Meagan - boughtabook@gmail.com

    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/9499849188095252/

    I'm really trying very hard to learn to crochet, this would be perfect for me :)

    xx

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  27. Congrats to you, creative Emma, on being included in the MM crochet book.

    So far I am resisting connecting with FB, Pinterest or the like, but the new year 2014 may see me changing my mind. For now, I know I am not part of the prize draw, but just wanted to send you best wishes.

    It's always a delight to visit here. I bet that your mom and i would have lots of fun talking about knitting, too, even though I do also crochet.

    xo

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  28. How awesome! Congrats!! Thanks for a chance to win!

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  29. Pinned your link on pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/185773553352996929/. I just love anything Mollie Makes & especially would love to add this book to my collection! So pretty!

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  30. Wow! The book looks amazing! Thanks for such a great giveaway! :) I would like to try some of your beautiful patterns! :)

    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/551972498051244848/

    xxx Dragana

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  31. Thanks for sharing this book. I am a beginner crocheter and I would love to get it for inspiration. I have so much to learn!!

    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/541909767633668640/

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  32. What a great giveaway Emma!! i have pinned it to my pinterest account (@ Pati from London). I love anything with the Mollie Makes name on it, especially if they feature such talented designers!! Thanks very much for this chance of winning it. Pati x

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    1. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/98516310572682402/ sorry forgot! Pati x

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  33. I think i've done this right - :s

    I would LOVE to win this, I LOVE crochet, I LOVE Mollie Makes, I LOVE your work Emma, LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=663569937019299&set=a.500649806644647.114939.108291159213849&type=1&theater

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  34. Hi Emma, how great that you had the opportunity to make designs for this book! I shared the giveaway here: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/429249408205268109/
    I would love to get a chance to make some of your patterns :)
    xx Carmen from Crafty Queens

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  35. Hi Emma, love your taste, your creations' creativity and designs. I see I`am not the only one, but keep my fingers crossed to be THE one! Thanks!
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/230387337161831234/
    Lisette Mensink

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  36. I would love to have this book! I've started several times to try to learn crochet, but each time have abandoned it--lack of inspiration is possible. Looks like there's lots to love here, though! Fingers crossed....here's my pin: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/182395853632448801/

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  37. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/269793833901104929/

    Hello! I have been eying this book since it came out. I would absolutely adore having a copy but am unable to scrounge the cash up due to my business. Every dollar I have goes to expanding my shop. The visuals in this book just make me drool with excitement! I love her use of color. She doesn't hold back at all and I love that! I think this book would be a great addition to my stash and would help spark new ideas for my growing business. Thank you so much for the chance to win this amazing new crochet book! ^_^

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  38. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/495536765220860630/

    I'd love to win this book as I'm really hoping to get good at crochet - that and I love your crochet work, so it would be awesome to have a book with some projects by you in it! :)

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  39. Oh how I would LOVE this book!!! I love your crochet work and all the others in this book!! It would be awesome to win this book!! Also super inspiring! Thank you for the chance!

    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/147000375310967398/

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  40. This book looks SO LOVELY! I got divorced this year so my crafty book budget has been small. I'd love to win this one. If not I'll be scouring my local library for it!

    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/407223991277871792/

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  41. Emma, I posted it on my Pinterest board:
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/93168286015033944/
    And I´d love to win this book because I´m a huge fan of your work and I live in Brazil, what makes difficult to buy it...

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  42. I would love to win this book as I do lots of crochet/knit work. And... thanks for making it open Worldwide!

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  43. I just bought your book from Amazon 2 days ago.. so my copy is on it's way :)
    Love your blog and your craft

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  44. I would love to win the book as I have lots of friends who want to learn to crochet and there look to be some good ideas. Also I am teaching a group of 7 and 8 year olds to crochet and could use some inspiration for them.

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  45. Shared it on Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/pin/318840848590627471/
    I would love to win this lovely book because you just can`t have enough crochet books.

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  46. Shared via Facebook, would love to win this pretty book as my husband would never think to purchase it for me and its not quite the same when you purchase and wrap up your own gifts!

    Thanks and have a lovely Christmas x

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  47. HI Emma,
    I've shared on my facebook page https://www.facebook.com/serena.scuderi and on my blog's facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CappelloABombetta?ref=hl
    I'm a crochet beginner but I'd like to learn more... I love it!
    Serena

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  48. Hi, Emma! I was all too happy to pin this: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/122160208616243947/ Would love to win a copy! I've strayed too long from crochet.

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  49. This book would be a great help with my New Year's resolution to learn to crochet properly! I posted your picture on my Instagram http://instagram.com/p/ht46KSw4n0/

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  50. ** This giveaway is now CLOSED **

    Thank you so much everyone, I shall be announcing the winner shortly. Good luck! x

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